Institutional open access agreements by publisher

If you are publishing your work through the 'gold' open access route, you may be eligible to have the full article processing charges covered by the University central open access budget.

We have invested in a number of open access agreements with publishers, to make the process faster and easier for our researchers. Some provide discounts on individual article processing charges or the cost may be covered through an institutional prepay account. Several others have no additional cost at all, and are transformative agreements in alignment with Plan S.

View the publisher details below to see if the agreement is a transformative agreement or a prepay scheme. 

To check eligibility and access an agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submitting to the publisher.
  • If this is approved, the article processing charge will be covered and the requestor will be advised how to proceed with the publisher.
  • For further information about each agreement and how to apply email openaccesspublications@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

American Chemical Society

The ACS has an agreement with the University, via its ACS Read + Publish agreements, allowing all funded UoB affiliated staff listed as corresponding authors to publish research articles as open access in subscription journals that offer a Gold Open Access option for no additional cost. Only articles with a UoB-affiliated corresponding author and funded by UKRI, Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK or Versus Arthritis are eligible for this agreement.

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.

When submitting to ACS, if approved

  • State your UoB affiliation and email address in your manuscript and do not change this after submission.
  • Agree to a CC BY licence.
  • Indicate your funder on submission.
  • The publisher will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

American Physiological Society

APS has a national transformative agreement with the University, via Read, Publish and Join, allowing all UoB-affiliated corresponding authors to publish open access in their 12 subscription (hybrid) journals for no additional cost. 

Only corresponding authors submitting using the institutional domain email given below will be eligible for fee-free OA.

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • If approved, when submitting to the journal use your @bham.ac.uk institutional domain. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.

 BioMed Central (BMC)

A pioneer of open access publishing, BioMed Central has an evolving portfolio of high quality peer-reviewed journals.

To request article processing charges are covered through the UoB prepayment account

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • If the request is approved, you will be sent the institutional code required to complete your submission. 
  • BMC will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

Bioscientifica

Bioscientifica has a national Read and Publish transformative agreement with the University, allowing all UoB-affiliated corresponding authors to publish open access in their five subscription (hybrid) research journals (Journal of Endocrinology, Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, Endocrine-Related Cancer, European Journal of Endocrinology and Reproduction) without the need to pay open access 'article processing charges' (APCs).

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • If approved, when submitting to the journal use your @bham.ac.uk institutional domain. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.

BMJ Publishing

We have a transformative agreement with BMJ covering original articles reporting primary research (not reviews, commentaries or rapid communications) in 28 subscription (hybrid) journals for no additional cost. Only articles with a UoB-affiliated corresponding author and funded by the Wellcome Trust, UKRI, British Heart Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK or Versus Arthritis are eligible for this agreement.

We also retain a prepay membership with BMJ to cover fully open access titles only, where individual article processing charges are paid per article.

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • If the request is accepted, we will let you know how to proceed with the publisher to access the scheme.
  • If your request is declined, we will advise you about other options available to you to make your work open access.
  • The publisher will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

Brill

Brill has a national transformative agreement with the University, allowing all UoB-affiliated corresponding authors to publish open access in all their journals, including subscription (hybrid) and fully open access titles for no additional cost. 

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • If approved, when submitting to the journal use your @bham.ac.uk institutional domain. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.

Cambridge University Press

CUP has a transformative 'Read and Publish' agreement with the University, allowing all UoB-affiliated corresponding authors to publish research articles as open access in all their journals, including subscription (hybrid) and fully open access titles for no additional cost. 

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • If approved, when submitting to the journal use your @bham.ac.uk institutional domain. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.
  • The publisher will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

Cogitatio Press

Cogitatio has an agreement with the University, enabling our affiliated authors to publish in their journals without having to directly incur any Article Processing Charges (APC).

The agreement covers the article processing charges (APC) of all articles authored by corresponding authors of the institution. 

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • When submitting to Cogitatio as a corresponding author, indicate your affiliation to the University of Birmingham.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press has a national transformative agreement with the University, allowing all UoB-affiliated corresponding authors to publish open access in their four subscription (hybrid) research journals (Genes & Development, Genome Research, RNA and Learning & Memory) for no additional cost. 

Only corresponding authors submitting using the institutional domain email given below will be eligible for fee-free OA.

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • If approved, when submitting to the journal use your @bham.ac.uk institutional domain. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.

Company of Biologists

Company of Biologists has a national transformative 'Read and Publish' agreement with the University, allowing all UoB-affiliated corresponding authors to publish open access in their three subscription (hybrid) research journals (Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology) for no additional cost. 

Only corresponding authors submitting using the institutional domain email given below will be eligible for fee-free OA.

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • If approved, when submitting to the journal use your @bham.ac.uk institutional domain. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.

European Respiratory Society

ERS has a national transformative 'Read and Publish' agreement with the University. Under the terms of the arrangement, eligible European Respiratory Journal articles will be published under a CC-BY open access licence at no cost to the author 

To be eligible, articles must meet the following conditions:

  • Be an Original Article or Research Letter
  • Have a corresponding author whose email address (on their ScholarOne account and the to-be-published article) is issued by a participating institution
  • Be accepted between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 inclusive

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • Ensure you meet the scheme conditions above.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.

 Frontiers

To request article processing charges are covered through the UoB prepayment account

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal. If this is approved, the article processing charge will be paid through the central budget.
  • If approved, when submitting to Frontiers indicate your affiliation to the University of Birmingham. This will ensure no invoice is raised for payment.
  • Frontiers will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

IOP Publishing

IOP has a national agreement with the University, allowing all corresponding UoB affiliated authors to publish research articles as open access at no additional cost in the majority of IOP’s hybrid journals. 

Research articles and reviews (letters, papers, reviews and special issue articles) accepted for publication after 1 Jan 2020 are eligible, IOP will automatically identify qualifying articles and inform authors of their inclusion.

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • When submitting to IOP, indicate your affiliation to the University of Birmingham and email address in your manuscript and do not change this after submission.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.
  • The publisher will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

Microbiology Society

Microbiology Society has a national 'Read and Publish' agreement with the University, allowing all authors to publish open access in all four subscription and two fully open access journals (Access Microbiology, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, Journal of General Virology, Journal of Medical Microbiology, Microbial Genomics, and Microbiology), for no additional cost.

Only authors submitting using the institutional domain email given below will be eligible for fee-free OA.

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • When submitting use your @bham.ac.uk institutional domain
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.

 Open Library of the Humanities (OLH)

The University of Birmingham is a consortium member of the Open Library of Humanities - an open source academic publishing platform which supports humanities journals.

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs).

To access the scheme

Oxford University Press

OUP has a national transformative 'Read and Publish' agreement with the University, allowing all UoB-affiliated corresponding authors to publish research articles as open access in all their journals, including subscription (hybrid) and fully open access titles for no additional cost. 

A few journals are excluded as they do not offer open access.

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • If approved, when submitting to the journal use your @bham.ac.uk institutional domain. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.
  • The publisher will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

 PeerJ

PeerJ has several open access journals.

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal. If this is approved, the OA costs will be paid through the central budget.
  • When submitting to PeerJ, indicate your affiliation to the University of Birmingham.
  • All authors need a membership to publish.
  • The University will cover fees for UoB staff only.
  • The publisher will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

 Policy Press

Policy Press 'gold' open access

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • If the request is accepted, you will be sent the institutional code required to complete your submission. This also gives a 20% discount.

Portland Press (Biochemical Society)

Portland Press has a national Read and Publish agreement with the University, allowing authors to publish open access in their journals for no additional cost. 

Corresponding authors affiliated to the University can publish their papers as Gold OA articles in all five subscription and two fully open access journals (Biochemical Journal, Biochemical Society Transactions, Bioscience Reports, Clinical Science, Essays in Biochemistry, Emerging Topics in Life Sciences, and Neuronal Signalling), without needing to pay any article publishing charges (APCs).

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete an  APC request form to the University.
  • When submitting use your @bham.ac.uk institutional domain or clearly show your affiliation.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.

 Public Library of Science (PLOS)

The University has now entered into two transformative agreements with PLOS, allowing all UoB-affiliated corresponding authors to publish research articles in all seven PLOS fully open access journals for no additional cost.

PLOS Tiered Flat Fee covers: PLOS ONE, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS Pathogens.

PLOS Community Action Publishing covers: PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine

To check eligibility and access the agreements

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • If approved, when submitting to the journal use your @bham.ac.uk institutional domain. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.
  • The publisher will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

Rockefeller University Press

RUP has an agreement with the University, allowing all affiliated staff listed as corresponding authors to publish original research articles as Gold Open Access option for no additional cost through RUP's three hybrid journals: Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), and Journal of General Physiology (JGP).

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • When submitting to RUP, indicate your affiliation to the University of Birmingham and email address in your manuscript and do not change this after submission. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.

Royal College of General Practitioners

RCGPs has an agreement with the University of Birmingham, allowing all affiliated staff listed as corresponding authors to publish research (not clinical practice) articles in the RCGP's subscription journal, British Journal of General Practice, and its fully open access journal, BJGP Open for no additional cost.

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • When submitting to the publisher, indicate your affiliation to the University of Birmingham and email address in your manuscript and do not change this after submission. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.

Royal Society

Royal Society has a national transformative 'Read and Publish' agreement with the University, allowing all UoB-affiliated corresponding authors to publish research articles as open access in all their journals, including subscription (hybrid) and fully open access titles for no additional cost. 

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • If approved, when submitting to the journal use your @bham.ac.uk institutional domain. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.
  • The publisher will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society has a national transformative 'Read and Publish' agreement with the University, allowing all UoB-affiliated corresponding authors to publish research articles as open access in all their subscription (hybrid) journals for no additional cost. 

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • If approved, when submitting to the journal use your @bham.ac.uk institutional domain. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.
  • The publisher will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

Sage

Sage has an agreement with the University, allowing all affiliated staff listed as corresponding authors to publish original research articles as open access in almost all subscription (hybrid) journals (including IMechE and Royal Society of Medicine journals) that offer a Gold Open Access option for no additional cost.

This agreement also gives a 20% discount on the article processing charge for over 150 Sage fully open access journals.

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • When submitting to Sage, indicate your affiliation to the University of Birmingham and email address in your manuscript and do not change this after submission.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.
  • The publisher will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

Springer

Springer has a national transformative agreement with the University, allowing all affiliated staff listed as corresponding authors to publish original research articles as open access in all Springer subscription (hybrid) journals that offer CC BY and Nature Academic Journals for no additional cost.

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • When submitting to Springer Open Choice, indicate your affiliation to the University of Birmingham.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.
  • The publisher will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

We retain a prepay membership with SpringerOpen to cover fully open access titles only, where individual article processing charges are paid per article.

To request article processing charges are covered through the UoB prepayment account:

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • If the request is accepted, you will be sent the institutional code required to complete your submission. 
  • The publisher will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

Taylor and Francis

Taylor and Francis offer a range of open access options, including 'gold' open access

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal. If this is approved, the OA costs will be paid through the central budget.
  • When submitting to Taylor and Francis, indicate your affiliation to the University of Birmingham. 
  • Taylor and Francis will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

Wiley

Wiley has a transformative agreement with the University, allowing all affiliated staff listed as corresponding authors to publish original research articles and conference proceedings as open access in both fully open access and subscription (hybrid) journals that offer a Gold Open Access option for no additional cost.

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal.
  • When submitting to Wiley, indicate your affiliation to the University of Birmingham and email address in your manuscript and do not change this after submission.
  • If you are funded, indicate your funder on submission.
  • The publisher will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

 World Scientific

World Scientific currently publish more than 120 journals offering 'Gold' publishing options in either dedicated Open Access or hybrid journals.

To check eligibility and access the agreement

  • Complete a University APC request form before submission to the chosen journal. If this is approved, the OA costs will be paid through the central budget.
  • If your request is declined, we will advise you about other options available to you to make your work open access.

When submitting to WS, if approved

  • For WS journals using Aries' Editorial Manager submission system: Authors will indicate whether the article will go for OA during the online submission stage
  • For WS journals not using Aries' Editorial Manager submission system: Authors will be consulted by the editor in charge about the OA option during the acceptance stage
  • Indicating your affiliation to the University of Birmingham will give a 50% discount.
  • WS will confirm eligibility with the UoB open access administrator.

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